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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Sundance 2012 Competition Lineup: The Women

    Sundance unveiled the competition lineups.  Here is the first look at the US Dramatic and Documentary competition.  There are 16 films in each category.  In the dramatic category,  3 are directed by women.  2 are written by women and 3 are about women.  That's under 20% female directed.  The documentary category is another story.  Fully 50% of the films are directed (or co-directed) by women.  8 out of 16.  That's very exciting.  And what I immediately noticed is the the women directed docs look at the large over arching issues of our time with several on the economy and healthcare.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Full Hour-Long Directors Roundtable w/ Steve McQueen & Others

    We shared a short piece of it a couple of weeks or so ago, in which Steve McQueen essentially chastised the other directors (the white ones) when the moderator asked about the lack of representation for minority actors.

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  • Spout
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    Oscars for Animals? Rise of the Uggie the Dog and Andy Serkis Campaigns

    Continuing both my story on the great animal characters of 2011 and my story from August on Andy Serkis's Academy Award chances/worthiness, yesterday I wrote a Conversation roundup piece about the growing fan-based campaign for Uggie, the dog from "The Artist," and Fox's official push for Serkis for Best Supporting Actor for playing Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

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  • The Playlist
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    Critics Petition For 'Margaret' Awards Season Screeners, But How About A Director's Cut Instead?

    We're right in the thick of the awards season, which means Academy folks and critics are keeping UPS and FedEx workers busy as For Your Consideration screeners for pretty much every movie that was made in 2011 are shipped in the hopes they will earn some critical love (yes, even "Tower Heist" wants some attention). But one movie that isn't getting sent around is Kenneth Lonergan's long-delayed "Margaret," which landed in theaters this fall with a very limited release and promptly disappeared. But a groundswell is building to not only get the movie to those who weren't able to see it, but to give the film a shot at potential awards season recognition that some think it deserves.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Full Monty' Director Peter Cattaneo To Deliver 'Bridget Jones's Baby'

    Everyone's favorite hapless and insecure Londoner is back, and this time, she's bringing a baby. Yes, the third installment in the adventures of Bridget Jones is gearing up, and it now has a title that says it all: "Bridget Jones's Baby." And moreover, it has a director.

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  • The Playlist
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    Julia Roberts Will Finally Get A Real Job In 'Second Act'

    Do North American audiences care about Julia Roberts anymore? The last time Roberts starred in a movie that cracked $100 million dollars domestic that wasn't a franchise or cameo appearance was over 10 years ago in "Erin Brokovich." Yes, "Eat Pray Love" did solid business, but it did much better overseas. And all you have to do is look at the tepid reception of this summer's "Larry Crowne" -- featuring a seemingly one-two punch pairing of Roberts and Tom Hanks -- to realize that the actress' glory days are long behind her. She'll try playing a baddie of sorts next spring in Tarsem's ridiculous looking "Mirror Mirror," but she's developing another movie that she hopes will get her back in the good graces of fans.

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  • Press Play
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    GREY MATTERS: How "Lifeforce" and "Mean Streets" saved my sanity

    In 1986 an M.T.A. bus ran the light on 42nd Street and smashed into my face, sending my body hurtling about 15 feet until it crashed into a mailbox and the cement. My nose was crushed to the side of my face and gushing blood, my skull cracked, my knee and leg broken.

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  • Hope for Film
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    An Incredible Opportunity... Or Not? Producing Indie In The Era Of Economic Collapse

    Timing is close to everything. Good movies go unseen. Talent is squandered. Revolutions fail to materialize. All of this because of bad timing (and perhaps bad strategies). At the same time, great things occur, movements are born, we delight in the artistry of new talents -- all because people were in the right place at the right time. Is this a cause for celebration or something to lament? I will not discount the good fortune I had to start making movies when I did. It is also so difficult to judge where we are now as a culture, an industry, or a movement -- or what the wisest strategy is for these times. I know we are not going to find the answer on our own. I trust we can build it better together. I was very moved by producer Joseph White's tale of trial and tribulation and I we are lucky he's chosen to share it with us.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Full New Trailer For 'John Carter' Brings A Bigger Bang To The Red Planet

    While the first teaser trailer for Disney's very, very expensive "John Carter" was all atmosphere and mystery, with a release date fast approaching a $300 million price tag to justify, a brand new trailer has landed today at IGN and it's certainly ditching any pretense of being thoughtful. Though the use of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" (or a resonable facsimilie anyway) does its job of shorthanding the gravitas.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    So... Sundance Didn't Select Your Film; We'd Like To Get To Know You. Introduce Yourself & Your Work

    I did this each of the last 2 years, and I figured I'd make it an annual thing; especially as awareness of S&A continues to broaden. There were no takers when I posted this in 2010 and 2009, but maybe someone (or some people) will bite in 2011... or maybe not.

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